37 Korean Troops Convert to Islam

Special thanks to a dear brother, Khalid for informing me of this.

(Source: Digital Chosunilbo)

Ahead of Iraq Deployment, 37 Korean Troops Convert (revert) to Islam 

“I became a Muslim because I felt Islam was more humanistic and peaceful than other religions. And if you can religiously connect with the locals, I think it could be a big help in carrying out our peace reconstruction mission.”

So said on Friday those Korean soldiers who converted to Islam ahead of their late July deployment to the Kurdish city of Irbil in northern Iraq.

Captain Son Jin-gu from Zaitoon Unit recites an oath at ceremony to mark his conversion to Islam at a mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul on Friday. /Yonhap


They had memorized the Arabic confession, ” Ashadu an La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasool-Allah,” which means,

“I testify that there is no god but God (Arabic: Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger of God.”


Zaitun Unit Corporal Paek Seong-uk (22) of the Army’s 11th Division said,

“I majored in Arabic in college and upon coming across the Quran, I had much interest in Islam, and I made up my mind to become a Muslim during this religious experience period [provided by the Zaitun Unit].”

He expressed his aspirations.

“If we are sent to Iraq, I want to participate in religious ceremonies with the locals so that they can feel brotherly love and convince them that the Korean troops are not an army of occupation but a force deployed to provide humanitarian support.”

Soldiers from Zaitoon Unit pray after conversion ceremony at a mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul on Friday./Yonhap


16 Responses to “37 Korean Troops Convert to Islam”

  1. 3 sisterinislam February 2, 2007 at 1:54 am

    As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah

    SubhanAllah!!! Amazing!!!

  2. 4 abu sara February 2, 2007 at 4:05 am


    I sense strange dejavu here.

    There was a story on CNN about 2 years back about a contingent of Korean troops deployed in Iraq/Kuwait that were all muslim and all converts. Maybe they are helping other Korean soldiers back home?


  3. 5 Al-Hanbali February 2, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    As-salamu aleykum
    subhanAllah i just got a few weeks go a forward by a brother looking for a full time imam in south Korea.

    may Allah guide more of them.

  4. 6 hani February 2, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Allahu Akbar!!

  5. 7 Absolutely Marvellous February 3, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Well, apparently I’m the only one amongst the cyber-convert shower that noticed they’re “converted” and are heading to `Iraaq under the orders of the U.N (of disbelief) and as he said, “And if you can religiously connect with the locals, I think it could be a big help in carrying out our peace reconstruction mission.”

    Someone say “winning hearts and minds.”

  6. 8 ummluqmaan February 5, 2007 at 1:27 am

    mashallah so wonderful to see the Ummah growing.

  7. 9 Li February 7, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Masha’Allah……… Allahu Akhbar! Go Hallyu (korean wave)!

  8. 10 Saifudeena February 15, 2007 at 6:18 pm


    but this is not right. If your a Muslim, you cannot help any kuffar regime regardless in anything they want to do in Muslim lands. They should leave their government and join up with the Mujahideen! SubhanAllah.

  9. 11 muslim faizal September 8, 2010 at 3:03 am

    SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, all praised be to Allah..

  10. 12 turtle2sam November 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    SubhanAllah..i’m speechless.. may Allah bless them in ameen..

  11. 14 Badrut tamam August 31, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Semoga tentara israil dan amerika yang menginvasi tentara muslim bisa sadar bisa jadi mullafin yang kuat

  12. 15 Badrut tamam August 31, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Thanks for all Alloh bless all أمين

  13. 16 rohanah October 6, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Subhanalallah, may Allah guide them…amin.

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Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
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